2/19/2013 04:32:00 PM

5 Takes on Winter-Ready Cassoulet

Cassoulet usually consists of some kind of sausage, pork and duck confit.

There's nothing like this classic French white-bean casserole on a chilly winter night. Here are our picks for where you can satisfy your craving in the Boston metro area. Let us know if you have a favorite spot for the dish.

Brasserie Jo: This classic French bistro in the Colonnade Boston Hotel in the Back Bay offers "Les Plats du Jour," among them cassoulet Toulousian. This traditional version is made with white beans, garlic sausage, pork belly and duck confit, and is topped with garlic bread crumbs ($22.95; Thursdays only; 617-425-3240).

The Butcher Shop: Though the cassoulet changes weekly at this South End meat-heavy icon, you can bet anytime you tuck into an order you’ll be getting the real thing. The cannellini beans are soaked 12 to 14 hours, then stewed with duck confit, merguez sausage along with housemade garlic-and-herb sausage and herbs such as cumin and parsley ($19; 617-423-4800). 

Hamersley’s Bistro: Leave it to chef-owner Gordon Hamersley to offer this classic dish simply with pork, duck confit and garlic sausage - a nice pre-theater treat if you’re heading to a show at the Boston Center for the Arts next door ($27; 617-423-2700).

Petite Robert Bistro: This very French bistro with three different locales goes heavy on the lamb, calling its version essentially a lamb cassoulet or stew with navy beans, garlic, tomato, white wine, lamb shank, merguez and duck confit ($25). 

Sycamore: David Punch, chef-owner of this Newton Centre New American, has created a Spanish seafood version - think of it as cassoulet meets partial paella; this navy-bean dish includes housemade chorizo, fish sausage and littlenecks ($24; 617-244-4445).

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